Executive Director

CONTRA COSTA SENIOR LEGAL SERVICES POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MISSION

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (“CCSLS”) protects the rights of seniors by
providing free legal advice, representation and legal education to the residents of
Contra Costa County 60 years of age and older. Our most urgent objective is to resolve
legal problems that affect basic needs such as housing, economic security and
prevention of abuse.

 

OVERVIEW

CCSLS is seeking a proven leader with a passion for helping seniors, excellent legal,
fundraising and management skills who can guide this longstanding organization to the
next phases of its growth and impact.

CCSLS is a private, non-profit agency that has been providing services to seniors since
1976. Since the inception of the program, more than 25,000 seniors have been served.
These services have enabled many seniors to stay in their homes, to become eligible
for and retain public benefits, to recover real and personal property wrongly taken from
them, and to obtain relief from physical, financial and emotional abuse. Last year
CCSLS provided assistance to nearly 1,100 seniors. Staff educated and informed over
2,200 additional seniors at outreach events such as workshops, seminars and health
fairs.

CCSLS has a staff of four attorneys and four office staff. It also administers a robust
program of over 20 individual pro-bono attorneys from the community who provide free
legal clinics at senior centers throughout Contra Costa County, as well several volunteer
teams from corporate counsel departments.

CCSLS receives funding from the Area Agency on Aging, IOLTA, the Equal Access
Fund, VOCA and from Community Development Block Grants. It also is the recipient of
numerous grants from foundations, attorneys throughout the county and private
individuals.

It is governed by a 10-member board of directors drawn largely from the surrounding
legal community. CCSLS’ budget is approximately $550,000.

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

CCSLS’s Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and vision to the
organization. The Executive Director is also responsible for the overall operation and
administration of the agency, including supervising personnel, program management,
financial management and fund-raising. The Executive Director reports to the Board.
We are seeking someone with experience leading a team, developing programs and
campaigns, and fundraising. Candidates should excel at developing relationships with
diverse stakeholders including policy makers, government agencies, advocates, and
members of the media. Candidates should possess a strong desire to improve the
wellbeing of older residents of Contra Costa.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

I. Funding Development & Budget Management

  • Creates and manages a fundraising and development plan to achieve
    sustainable growth
  • Cultivates and maintains positive relationships with institutional funders and
    individual donors
  • Writes and administers grants; ensures compliance with application and reporting
    requirements
  • Develops and administers budgets and maintains oversight of the organization’s
    fiscal health
  • Oversees the annual budget, presents budget reports to the board, supervises
    the accountant, and ensures budget is consistent with annual goals
  • Develops budget forecasts and plans for the upcoming fiscal year

II. Supervision & Organizational Management

  • Recruits, hires, supervises, and mentors legal staff
  • Facilitates an effective and healthy organizational culture
  • Resolves personnel and administrative issues
  • Ensures compliance with relevant workplace and employment laws
  • Ensures administrative, human resources, and office organization tasks run
    smoothly
  • Informs the board of directors about the organization and factors influencing it
  • Supports the board committees

III. Program Planning & Coalition Building

  • Collaborates with staff and board members to develop strategies for achieving
    mission goals
  • Provides direction and leadership for strategic planning and evaluation processes
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with diverse
    stakeholders including senior service providers, government agencies, the legal
    community, and others

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • JD degree
  • Admitted to practice law in California.
  • Minimum of five years of experience at a public interest firm, non-profit legal
    services agency or government agency, or law firm with pro-bono experience.
    Equivalent experience will be considered.

DESIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to positively manage and
    mentor a team
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Experience fundraising and developing strategies to strengthen and grow a
    vibrant organization
  • Experience with grant writing, grant administration, and interacting with
    foundations
  • Ability to develop and administer budgets and work plans
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment
  • Familiarity with or knowledge of elder law issues or other legal issues impacting
    low income communities

TERMS

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Concord, California. Salary is
commensurate with qualifications and experience but is currently in the range of
$85,000 to $90,000. Health coverage: up to $500 per mo. toward employee selected
health insurance plan; paid vacation and holidays.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to:
susanne.revutsky@ccsls.org by February 15th, 2020. Resumes without cover letters
will not be considered. Please no calls. CCSLS is an equal opportunity employer and is
committed to hiring a diverse staff.

Start Date: May 15th (approximately)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020
Location: Concord, California; Occasional travel within Contra Costa required
Professional Level: Executive
Min Education: Juris Doctorate Degree required.

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